Ok…it’s time to start my own learning log! I recently checked some of yours and I got inspired!
Here’s my monthly schedule, I don’t practice everything everyday but I’m being consistent on my classical guitar and strumming practice; and at least a 10 minutes on my songbook everyday as well. When I have more spare time or, on the other hand I’m busier than usual, I allow myself to just pick something different to enjoy.
And these are all the materials I need for my practice (I made sure I put enough songs in my songbook) ready to grab and start my practice sessions (usually 2/3 throughout the day) without losing time to look for the pick or the capo or whatever
I’m proceeding slow and steady on my Method Book, I’m working just on one-note melodies and following what the book prescribes. I’m enjoying it so much and I feel I’m building very useful and nice skills while working on very easy materials. Enjoying the time I spend with my classical guitar…that’s the only goal and it has to be achieved every single day
I’m currently re-working on my fundamentals using Justin’s new Strumming Foundations Course. The goal this year is to eventually make sense of this messy learning process of mine. When I was a teen my uncaring in-person instructor asked each week which new song I would have liked to learn, worked out the chords and gave me a strumming pattern…you won’t wonder at the disgusted expression on his face at my strumming. This is only to explain how I completely rejected the idea of learning and automate strumming patterns and decided to apply to songs only the patterns that I would be able to feel and work-out by myself…At this stage I also rejected to write those patterns down, as those ups and downs brought back painful memories.
This is a clip recorded back in December 2021 that shows my experimenting and exploring, trying to fulfill the need to reproduce dynamics, working out and applying my own strumming patterns, happily mixing 8th and 16th notes, neglecting the simple fact that I should have worked properly on my 8th notes first!
I love chord melodies and I will be able to work out my own, I already did some easy ones and I was so proud of myself!
No planned practice…only playing! With the children of course, that’s my happy place where anything feels quite automated, I don’t have to think of patterns or foot tapping or anything and I never run out of breath while singing…there is something magical about it
I’m planning to update monthly, probably with short clips too and probably asking for some feedback/advice for my strumming.
That’s all for now!